Sun Mountain: A Comstock Novel

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Macmillan, Aug 19, 2002 - Fiction - 384 pages
"There had never been a place like the Comstock or a city like Virginia or a gathering of brilliant men such as those who assembled there." So writes Henry Stoddard in Richard Wheeler's unforgettable novel-as-memoir of Virginia City, the most spectacular boomtown ever seen in the West.

Drawn to fabled Virginia City and its Comstock Lode in the early 1860s, journalist Henry Stoddard brushed shoulders with mining titans, speculators, and bankers -the people who built fortunes from the amazing mines--as well as the men who went down into the bowels of the earth to wrest the riches from it, working in the hellish heat for $4 a week
Also among Stoddard's acquaintances was a young Missourian named Sam Clemens, who prospered in Virginia City as a reporter for the Enterprise and would later transform himself into Mark Twain

Henry Stoddard is fictional; the story, however, is true, perhaps the most astonishing true story of the American West.
 

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The staggeringly prolific Wheeler (Aftershocks, 1999, etc.) returns with a memoir, begun on January 1, 1900, of the Comstock Lode as told by reporter Henry Jackson Stoddard at an elderly 61—an age ... Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER 1
1
CHAPTER 2
7
CHAPTER 3
13
CHAPTER 4
18
CHAPTER 5
23
CHAPTER 6
29
CHAPTER 7
34
CHAPTER 8
40
CHAPTER 35
192
CHAPTER 36
197
CHAPTER 37
203
CHAPTER 38
208
CHAPTER 39
213
CHAPTER 40
220
CHAPTER 41
225
CHAPTER 42
232

CHAPTER 9
46
CHAPTER 10
53
CHAPTER 11
59
CHAPTER 12
65
CHAPTER 13
72
CHAPTER 14
77
CHAPTER 15
82
CHAPTER 16
87
CHAPTER 17
93
CHAPTER 18
98
CHAPTER 19
104
CHAPTER 20
109
CHAPTER 21
114
CHAPTER 22
120
CHAPTER 23
125
CHAPTER 24
130
CHAPTER 25
135
CHAPTER 26
140
CHAPTER 27
145
CHAPTER 28
151
CHAPTER 29
158
CHAPTER 30
163
CHAPTER 31
170
CHAPTER 32
175
CHAPTER 33
181
CHAPTER 34
187
CHAPTER 43
239
CHAPTER 44
244
CHAPTER 45
250
CHAPTER 46
255
CHAPTER 47
261
CHAPTER 48
267
CHAPTER 49
273
CHAPTER 50
279
CHAPTER 51
286
CHAPTER 52
291
CHAPTER 53
296
CHAPTER 54
302
CHAPTER 55
308
CHAPTER 56
313
CHAPTER 57
318
CHAPTER 58
323
CHAPTER 59
327
CHAPTER 60
332
CHAPTER 61
338
CHAPTER 62
342
CHAPTER 63
347
CHAPTER 64
353
CHAPTER 65
359
Authors Notes
368
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Richard S. Wheeler has written over fifty novels and several short stories. He has won four Spur Awards and the Owen Wister Award for lifetime achievement in the field of western literature.

He lives in the literary and film community of Livingston, Montana, and is married to Professor Sue Hart, of Montana State University-Billings. Before turning to fiction he was a newsman and book editor. He has raised horses and been a wrangler at an Arizona dude ranch.

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